Monday, October 27th, 2014

The Paper Project Week 2: Your Chance to Sample 3 Different Blank Papers


Clairefontaine Triomphe

The Paper Project is our way to offer a variety of Exaclair paper samples to 50 (FIFTY! We’ve increased it to Fifty!) people each week. Every Monday, we will be offering paper samples from 1-4 products to 50 people on a first come, first served basis. (There is no limit to how many weeks you can participate!) Samples will be mailed once we reach 50 participants and recipients will be notified via e-mail.


Week 2 samples will include 1 sheet each of these 3 6×8″blank Exaclair products:

  • Clairefontaine Graf It 
  • G Lalo Stationery (white) 
  • Clairefontaine Triomphe

If you have been chosen to receive samples in any given week, please come back and leave comments on the corresponding week’s page. We welcome you to blog or share to your favorite social media sites about your experiences.

Tag #rhodiapaperproject on Instagram and Pinterest. If you’d like us to see your Paper Project blog posts, post your links in the comment section on corresponding week’s page OR to our Rhodia Drive Facebook page.

What kind of comments are we looking for?

  • Tell us what you like/don’t like about the paper.
  • How do you like using pencil/pen/fountain pen on it.
  • Would you use it to write/draw/doodle/sketch etc.?
  • – and anything else you think we should know.

If you are viewing this post via e-mail or on a mobile device, you may need to visit Rhodia Drive directly to see the entry form. (Entries must be received through the form – please do not post your name and address in the comment section of this post  to receive samples. Thank you!) 


19 thoughts on “The Paper Project Week 2: Your Chance to Sample 3 Different Blank Papers

  1. I really am getting to this. I have been so busy with the home business. I will be posting a blog post this week. What fun! Short version: Loved all three. That was no surprise because I’d tried the Triomphe. GraF it was just what I was looking for. Yay! Okay. Long bloggity nonsense soon.

  2. Of these three papers, I liked the Clairefontaine Triomphe the best for flex nib fountain pen writing with a variety of inks and pens. None of the three papers had any problems with feathering or soak through. The ivory color and texture of the G. Lalo Verge de France just isn’t my thing, even though the paper performed very well. I like the weight of the Clairefontaine GraF it paper but not the “sketch pad” finish of it. The brightness of it, however, really makes some of my lighter ink colors pop. I would probably buy it to play with.

  3. Above all, thanks Rhodia Drive for providing this great opportunity of paper testing. I’ve found my enthusiasm in stationery only recently and am really a novice in writing reviews. I’ll try my best to describe my experiences.

    – Clairefontaine Graf It
    I gifted the paper to my friend. She used color pencils to draw on it, and described to me that the paper seemed slippery when drawing. The residues from eraser tended to stay, though. The color looks vivid from the paper.

    – G Lalo Stationery (white)
    This is really luxury paper for fountain pens! I absolutely love it.

    As others have mentioned, the color is more off-white, if not ivory. But the tone is actually right for the fountain pen ink colors to pop out. I tried all my (entry-level) fountain pens inked with J. Herbin, Noodler’s Ink, or Pilot Namiki. Every pen wrote effortlessly, no bleeding, fast drying. Even J. Herbin Gris Nuage (cloud gray), a very light gray color ink that didn’t show evenly on other paper, wrote nicely on the G Lalo paper.

    I also tried some color gel ink pens and highlighters. The G Lalo paper was not as outstanding though, maybe due to the matte finish and off-white tone. Some metallic gel ink pens and the highlighters looked a bit dull.

    So the bottom line is, I love the G Lalo paper out of the three, but would probably save the luxury paper for luxury writing tools. :)

    – Clairefontaine Triomphe
    I’ve been thinking about Clairefontaine notebooks for a while and appreciated to have a chance to try out the paper. It is good paper. The pens I tried (fountain pens, gel ink pens, and highlighters) wrote easily, no bleeding. It was more slippery, and dries a little slower. The Gris Nuage (mentioned in G Lalo) behaved differently, being too light for beginning strokes and showing obvious feedback for the final strokes. I like how the gel ink/highlighter colors show on the paper, though. They are more true to the color they are supposed to be.

    In all, the Clairefontaine Triomphe paper gives me similar impression as the paper used in Rhodia pads (are they actually the same paper?). I may not prefer Clairefontaine over other product lines, but it is probably good for a larger variety of writing/drawing projects.

  4. Thank you all very much for taking the time to comment on this week’s papers. The Triomphe was actually formulated by Clairefontaine as their best fountain pen paper. After reading your comments, I need to ask what type of pens and ink they used in their development. Thank you for the idea!

  5. First of all, what a delightful assortment of papers from Clairefontaine!

    I inked up some of my favorite fountain pens and also pulled out a pencil for this test. Pens/pencil used were: Pilot Metropolitan Fine w/Noodler’s Black, TWSBI Vac 700 (.8 Nemosine Stub nib) w/Waterman Serenity Blue, Lamy Studio EF w/diluted PR Chocolat, Lamy Vista (1.1 stub) w/Noodler’s Black and a Pentel Kerry Mechanical Pencil with .7 HB lead.

    Here are the tests:

    G. Lalo Verge de France (100g): This is a great slightly off-white laid-finish paper that would be great for formal correspondence. As a result, it has a bit of texture that is only slightly uncomfortable when writing with an EF or fine nib. It accepts ink beautifully and drying time was acceptable. No feathering observed. The paper also performed well when I used my pencil, producing a solid, dark line. A really great paper.

    Clairefontaine GraF it (90g): This was my least favorite paper of the three that I tested. As it is a sketchpad paper, it has quite a bit of tooth (like most sketchpad papers). That said, it performed quite well with fountain pens with no feathering. It was really uncomfortable when using the EF and and fine nibs. As expected, the pencil worked well with this paper.

    Clairefontaine Triomphe (90g): This was my favorite of the three. This is very expensive stationary paper and performs like it. Very smooth texture with great performance with both fountain pens and pencil. Beautiful, crisp, lines with no feathering and acceptable drying time. Pure joy to write on with a fountain pen or pencil.

    In summary, I think Clairefontaine makes some of the finest papers in the world!

    Review and photos at:

  6. I wrote a two-page letter to my great aunt on the Triomphe and the G. Lalo using J Herbin’s Poussiere De Lune ink with a Platinum Preppy extra-fine nib. The Triomphe took the ink much better. By the end of the letter on the G Lalo, the ink was drier and the line was very thin. The G Lalo, however, looks more like stationery with the laid texture instead of just…paper. If one uses a broader nib or a wetter ink, the G Lalo would probably be better. It also has an advantage in that it comes in colors with matching envelopes. The Triomphe would be excellent to letter-press a heading or a motif at the top–something to give it a little more visual interest. It is stationery after all. If we are bothering to hand-write a letter, we want it to look special.

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